Title: It Ends With Us
Author: Colleen Hoover
PubDate: August 2, 2016
Page count: 384
“Just because someone hurts you doesn’t mean you can simply stop loving them. It’s not a person’s actions that hurt the most. It’s the love. If there was no love attached to the action, the pain would be a little easier to bear.”
Naked truth: This book is probably the best book I’ve read this year!
Colleen Hoover sure knows how to break hearts! Because this books just managed to break mine and my tears just won’t stop pouring for the most part of the book. Like, seriously! It was like I was feeling Lily’s pain and oh my god it hurt! 😥 But that ending was perfect! ♥
SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST
It Ends With Us is a powerful, emotional and beautiful story that gives us an outlook of life, family and relationships with some of their ugly sides. Colleen was able to write a story we can all relate with and what I loved most in this book was its honesty. It was very sad and painful but very honest. EVERYONE should read this book! The story doesn’t only give us an inspiring story but it teaches us how to have the strength to make right choices especially in the hardest situations.
[Warning: This review contains some spoilers!]
Lily Bloom, just like some us, didn’t have the perfect family. And really, who has ever had a perfect family? She grew up with her father occasionally hitting her mother and she hated her father for that. As a child she didn’t understand why her mother stayed but as she became older she realized that sometimes the people we love are the ones who hurt us the most.
Now in her early twenties, Lily is living in Boston in hope of starting her own business. She moved out of her parents’ house after graduating and somehow she just wants to see if everything is really better in Boston. On the night of her father’s funeral, she meets Ryle Kincaid on some rooftop she Googled and right there and then they just start telling each other naked truths. Their meeting didn’t end there and next thing they knew they are falling in love with each other. But as Lily and Ryle begin to get serious, someone from Lily’s past just suddenly reappears. Someone who held, still holds, a piece of her heart. Atlas.
I have so many things I liked in this book and let me start with how much I loved the characters! Lily is such a brave and lovely and talented and amazing character. She’s smart and she likes making bold decisions because she trusts herself to succeed. She’s able to start up her own business; a flower shop with the help of her new bff, Allysa, Ryle’s sister. Everything is going right for her and she can’t believe how things are turning up. She has her own business, she’s married Ryle and she’s in good terms with her mother. Until things from her past start to hunt her. What she went through wasn’t easy; seeing her mother getting abused by her father and now she’s experiencing the same in the hands of her own husband. She told herself she’s not going to be like her mother but soon she finds herself in the same situation, not being able to just walk away. And now she understands why her mother chose to stay: because it’s not that easy especially when you truly love the person.
Ryle is the kind of character you easily fall in love with. He’s straightforward and ambitious and maybe a bit arrogant but just like the rest of us he’s got his issues. He may be successful and looks so perfect on the outside but he’s just as broken. His childhood had done some serious damage on him and now it’s threatening his relationship with Lily. I actually loved him because he’s very sweet (and sometimes cliché) but I didn’t care because he loves Lily! And he loves her so much to let her go! 😥
“I feel like everyone fakes who they really are, when deep down we’re all equal amounts of screwed up. Some of us are just better at hiding it than others.”
Some of my favorite parts were of Ryle because he’s just so in love with Lily it hurt. He might have told her that he prioritizes his career more than anything else but he’s willing to put it second just for Lily.
“If you don’t want to be with me . . . please tell me right now, Lily. Because when I saw you with him . . . that hurt. I never want to feel that again. And if it hurts this much now, I’m terrified to think of what it could do to me a year from now.”
Now, now, let’s get to Atlas Corrigan. While I loved Ryle, I really really loved Atlas! Atlas showed up in Lily’s life when she was fifteen. He was homeless then, finding shelter in the abandoned house at the back of Lily’s house. When Lily found out about his situation, she began to worry and eventually decided to help him. As they spent time together, they got to know each other and feelings started to grow. But Atlas had to leave. He didn’t have a choice and like it or not he had to leave Lily. Before leaving, he made a promise to find her when he knew he’s already good enough for her and told her that if she ever though of finding him in the future then she knew where to look; in Boston where everything is better.
Atlas’s story is as heartbreaking as Lily’s and Ryle’s. He ran away from home and his mother didn’t care much. He was actually ready to end his life but when he saw Lily, it gave him hope. And I guess that’s a really powerful scene.
“You saved my life, Lily,” he said to me. “And you weren’t even trying.”
During those times Lily was with Atlas, she was also writing to Ellen DeGeneres. She never sent them but it was her form of journal in which she wrote to Ellen and told her everything that’s happened to her including Atlas. Especially Atlas. Later, Lily introduced The Ellen DeGeneres Show to Atlas and it somehow became a big part of their lives. So when Atlas left, Lily stopped watching it. She just can’t watch Ellen without Atlas. She also stopped writing. Because what’s the point if she can’t tell Ellen about Atlas anymore. After some years, Atlas reappears in Lily’s life and it’s when her relationship with Ryle is threatened. Lily still remembers everything about Atlas and how could she forget him when he was her first love—her protector.
Atlas says just keep swimming.
Now that Atlas and Lily have met again and Ryle found out about it, things between Lily and Ryle start to go south. Ryle starts to do things he doesn’t mean to do and he ends up asking for Lily’s forgiveness over and over again. The first time it happens, Lily lets it slip. The second time she tries to convince herself it won’t happen again but the third time, it’s too much. She has to walk away. And Atlas is there when she needs someone the most.
I knew what Ryle did to Lily would permanently damage their relationship but I was actually hoping for Lily to give him one last chance! But at the same time I wanted to punch Ryle and tell him to fudge off! And then some parts of me were rooting for Atlas to just grab Lily and take her away where no one can hurt her! I know it’s a little fuck up but I just wanted everything to be fine with Lily! She didn’t deserve that shit and someone just please hand me a tissue because I feel like crying! Again! 😥
Naked truth: Atlas is just so perfect I want to marry him!
“In the future . . . if by some miracle you ever find yourself in the position to fall in love again . . . fall in love with me.” He presses his lips against my forehead. “You’re still my favorite person, Lily. Always will be.”
Other characters that I loved are Allysa and Marshall! They are just as endearing and they are a lovely and funny couple. I liked that Allysa became Lily’s bestfriend and together their girl power is just too much! And let’s not forget Lily’s mother. I loved that she and Lily are in a good relationship and that they take care of each other.
“Sometimes even grown women need their mother’s comfort so we can just take a break from having to be strong all the time.”
I can’t imagine how hard and painful it must be for Lily’s mother all those times. She’s been a very strong mother, enduring her husband’s beating just because she loved him. My heart broke for her. 😥 And Lily must’ve not understood before but now she knows how brave and strong her mother has been. But unlike her mother, she chose to walk away because she knew it’s for the best. Both for her and Emerson!
“It stops here. With me and you. It ends with us.”
People say that teenagers don’t know how to love like an adult. Part of me believes that, but I’m not an adult and so I have nothing to compare it to. But I do believe it’s probably different. I’m sure there’s more substance in the love between two adults than there is between two teenagers. There’s probably more maturity, more respect, more responsibility. But no matter how different the substance of a love might be at different ages in a person’s life, I know that love still has to weigh the same. You feel that weight on your shoulders and in your stomach and on your heart no matter how old you are.